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Cisco Adds Integrated Wireless To Stackable Switches

Cisco Systems on Wednesday expanded its wireless networking portfolio by adding an integrated wireless LAN controller to its stackable switches and upgrading its controller software with new mobility features.

At its Networkers 2006 conference in Las Vegas, Cisco launched the latest addition to its Unified Wireless Network offering with its new Catalyst 3750G Integrated Wireless LAN Controller, which brings built-in management of Cisco's lightweight access points to its Catalyst 3750G stackable Gigabit Ethernet switches. Integrated controllers are already available for the San Jose, Calif., vendor's modular Catalyst 6500 core switches.

With the 3750G, solution providers can target integrated wireless solutions at a variety of customers, including "more midsize businesses, branch offices, and there is heavy demand from large enterprises looking to distribute WLAN management," said Ben Gibson, director of mobility solutions marketing at Cisco.

The Catalyst 3750G Integrated Wireless LAN Controller is available now in two versions: one that supports up to 25 access points for $20,500, and another that supports up to 50 access points for $25,500.

In addition, Cisco launched Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.0, which is available now and adds new support for mobility features, including security, guest access, voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) and location-based services.

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